I’m participating in (inter)National Novel Writing Month. I’d run across it several times previously, but never at the right time to actually participate. Well, this time, it’s worked out perfectly. The month of November is hereby dedicated to learning Fon and writing my novel. It’s a lot tougher than I expected. As all of my… Read More NaNoWriMo
There’s a lot of talk these days about how peoples of all faiths can live and work together under the same government, especially when the government clearly favors a rule of law more closely aligned with one faith than another. In Benin, Christians (Catholics and Protestants alike, although it’s a primarily Catholic country), Animists, and… Read More Peaceful Coexistance
Me: Lyle, do you know where I can buy cigarettes? Lyle: Do I look like the Lonely fucking Planet? Turns out, going up north for a few days was a pretty good idea. Saw a lot of people. Got a lot of work done. Cooked a lot of good food (OMFG it was amazing). Basically,… Read More In which t visits the ParaCrew
Just a quick update today. Turns out, the damn cat’s kind of sick, but he’s now eating canned cat food, which is a positive sign. Also, friends are down visiting from the North, which is really exciting. We started the night off with ice cream (!!!), then followed it with homemade egg-drop soup and a… Read More In which t reports that she has not, in fact, drowned her cat
If you guessed sleep, you are DEAD FUCKING WRONG. Last night’s overpriced hamburger didn’t go down well. It was the first time I’ve managed to get food poisoning (how do you “get” food poisoning? don’t you just poison yourself? weird) since I’ve been at post. I get home, a little tispy and a lot tired,… Read More What did Theresa do last night?
Man, I forgot how freaking hard preparing lessons is. I’ve spent the last few days coming up with a comprehensive outline for an HTML/ CSS class, complete with homework assignments and accompanying examples . . . in French. And I’m not done yet. It’s frustrating because I could teach the classes by the seat of… Read More
It’s bizarre how this entire country shuts down when it rains. It’s not that it slows, or that a few people close up shop. When it pours, everything STOPS. Normally, this isn’t too terrible a thing. It rains in the afternoon, so shops close early, and everyone gets a free evening (provided they can find… Read More It never rains but it pours.
I named my kitten last night. Franklin. He still thinks his name is “YOU ARE SO FUCKING STUPID,” but we’re going to work on that. The damn thing is adorable. He’s also vocal about what he wants, which is important, because otherwise I’d probably forget to feed him. Loud, obnoxious, adventurous, likes to play .… Read More Franklin is fucking stupid.
I got a cat!!!!! Got an email from my post-mate yesterday, “Hey, Theresa, um, I have your cat, want to come over and get it?” Turns out, he’s had the damn thing since Saturday, but had no way of getting in touch with me. Go figure. We had dinner, and played with the cats, and… Read More CAT!!!
Kitten-proofed the house last night. That was a nightmare. Turns out it’s pretty hard to get chemicals, medicine, and cleaning agents out of reach when you DON’T HAVE ANY FURNITURE. Luckily, I am a super-duper-resourceful PCV . . . and my bookcases finally came last night, which helped out a lot. Cat today or tomorrow!… Read More Kitty love